Schoolhouse Brownstone Dwelling: A Sweet Summertime Make


Hello everyone! Don't you just LOVE the Tim Holtz Village Brownstone? I can imagine the countless possibilities and I hope these ideas today will help you make one of your own.


I've turned the Brownstone into a old Schoolhouse with the addition of a flag and a Picket Fence from the Village Bungalow.


Every school has a motto and the Small Talk Idea-ology sticker "The Impossible is often Untried" was perfect.


The Tiny Tattered Florals were an ideal size for the Schoolhouse. Under and around the florals, Old Paper Distress Glitter was adhered with Glossy Accents to give the look of a soil.


The Roof was given texture with the Zig Zag Texture Fades and painted with Distress Paint Chipped Sapphire.


Many of us feel intimidated with any project requiring fiddly assembly but this time, I can surely say *Don't Worry!!*. Clear instructions are on the inside of the packing and the step by step photos make it so easy. This is really helpful because it saves time trying to figure out the which way and how.


I've used 300 lbs Watercolor paper. It's sturdy, has a rough texture and can take any amount of wet medium. It was fun being able to paint and ink the walls without the worry of the paper collapsing or tearing with the wet work. The die itself left very clear score lines with no need of any guess work!


The pieces you need are : 2 Wall pieces, the Roof and the Chimney.  I painted a coat of gesso, dried it with a heat tool and added a spritz of Antique Linen Distress Spray.


You will need 5 rectangle and 1 round windows, 1 Door. The windows and doors were die-cut using packing envelope. The material was thicker than cardstock and the kraft color looked like wood.


To make the door interesting, I adhered to it a piece of watercolor paper inked with Distress Gathered Twigs. Mix any brown Distress Spray with a small amount of Texture Paste, then scrape the mixture into the grooves of the door.


You can see how the Texture Paste gave the door some added dimension. Trim off the excess paper.


The Roof piece was run through the Zig Zag Texture Fades.


The Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint is such a lovely Blue shade for the Roof!


Again using watecolor paper, die cut three fences from the Bigz  Village Bungalow and paint them with Distress Paint.


Assemble the Brownstone according to the instructions. Adjust the color with brown Distress Inks if you need to.

I created a box stand with chipboard and pattern paper. You can easily use any small  box you have laying round and alter it's surface with paper. The Schoolhouse was adhered at an angle, and at this point I realised I needed more details. A curved pavement was added using kraft packaging painted a light grey to look like stone.


Next I die cut Tiny Tattered Florals to add around the Schoolhouse.

The instructions on how to curl the florals are available on PDF at Sizzix : HERE

To finish, add the wood pole with a fabric flag, or even a banner across the Schoolhouse and that's it!

Everyone loves dies that can used over and over again and the Brownstone as well as the accompanying dies are wonderful for your custom projects ! Thank you for coming by and spending this creative moment with me.

Singature:Aida Haron


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